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Open access is a movement and unobstructed online access towards making the research for publications or scholarly articles or journals available for every person who wants to feel free at the access point. The open access journals are free to open and read anyone that includes the common public and these articles can be re-distributed and re-used in number of ways than a previous or traditional article do.
The internet revolution has made the lives of people quite easy and give them every kind of facility even remain at home. Students, teachers and researchers now do not need to go to the libraries, they just require an internet connection and every kind of book is available on internet. Some of them are paid but articles, journal, these and other blog related to different topics are free of cost. The open access publications is one of the convenient way to get the peer-reviewed journals and article. The present article is about the importance of the open access publications.
There are two main areas of open access, graits open access and libre open access. In graits open access includes the free online access towards the journal and articles whereas, the libre open access includes free online access but it involves some additional practice rights. The additional rights are most of the time given by the use of number of particular Creative Commons License.
The importance of the open access publication has been a hot topic among scholars, librarians and students from the last few years. There are nine flavors of open access such as:
1. Dual mode (both print subscription and open access versions of a journal are offered)
2. E-print archive (authors self-archive pre- or post-prints)
3. Per-capita (open access is made available to countries based on per-capita income)
4. Abstract (open access available to table of contents/abstracts)
5. Delayed open access (open access is available after a certain period of time)
6. Partial open access (some articles from a journal are available via open access)
7. Unqualified (immediate and full open access publication of a journal)
8. Author fee (authors pay a fee to support open access)
9. Co-op (institutional members support open access journals)
In the traditional journal publications the institution has to pay twice for an article. The open access reduce the cost. The institution pay to the scholars or researchers to produce the particular article and then the library of the institution pays to obtain the work from the publisher of the journal. After the advent of the technologies, the open access ensure the long-term access to the scholarly journals that reduce the cost for the library and the institution.
The importance of open access cannot be denied as it provides number of benefits to public and scholars and researchers. It lower down the cost, great preservation of scholarly work for a longer-period of time, number of people can get advantage from them without going to the libraries and it has fast and great accessibility.
It benefits the researchers by avoiding the duplication, it diminish the price barriers and help every person to take advantage. It provides a text mining opportunity to researchers as to over-arching view of a specific field and detecting the connections and trends within their own field and unrelated fields where no human researcher can separated.
Likewise researchers, the libraries encourage the faculty members to consult open access whenever they want to publish their scholarly works as a large number of audience can see their work and take help from it. The open access also help their research by providing time visibility, greater overall impact and higher rates of citation.